At a press conference at the New York International Auto Show, the Ferrari 458 Italia has been named 2011 World Performance Car.
The Ferrari 458 Italia was selected from a list of 14 new cars, was then shortlisted to ten and then moved into the finalist with two other cars: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and the Porsche 911 Turbo.
"Our goal in engineering the 458 Italia was to match the technology and extreme performance developed for our racing activities with the demands of our drivers, who wish to enjoy their cars on the road and experience the unique emotions that only a Ferrari can provide" said Marco Mattiacci, President and CEO, Ferrari North America. "Today's award as 2011 World Performance Car makes us very proud and confident that we achieved our goals" concluded Mattiacci.
The World Car Awards jurors observed that, "The replacement for the F430 Fiorano has been voted by nearly every possible ranking this past year as the best performer hands down. The WCA's would love to break ranks with the crowd, but we also put the 458 Italia squarely among our top three world performance cars. Whether on the track or on a loosely policed winding two-lane mountain road, the technology on board the 458 sets it and its 570 metric horsepower far ahead of most every other V8-powered street car. This is a classic modern Ferrari in every sense, but its sophisticated handling abilities at the limit take it to a whole new level for Italian super GTs. And what a beautiful sound."
For the world Performance Car award, the model must demonstrate a specific and overt sports/performance orientation while satisfying the same availability criteria as for the overall World Car of the Year award.
Candidates can be chosen from either the World Car of the Year list of eligible vehicles or they may be new variants that meet the criteria, but are derived from existing models rather than brand new ones. In all cases, they must have a minimum annual production rate of five-hundred vehicles.
Vehicles are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 66 top-level automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Typically, the jurors each drive and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.Published 21 April 2011